Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A Woman of Moderation

Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

1Cor. 6:19-20, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

Eph. 5:30, "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones."

1Tim. 2:8-10, "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works."

Please understand and be assure that I write this in a spirit of love and care for you. And in the interest of preserving the eyes of man. We are not to put a "stumblingblock" in front of anyone, especially another Christian. Our responsibility is to edify (build up, encourage) the body of Christ.

We women need to be careful in what we wear. Our outer appearance should reflect the glory of the Christ which is within us. I am going to specifically talk about the clothes that we wear. If it reveals anything that should be reserved for your husband (or future husband), then it needs to be changed. If you aren't married, then it should pass the Godly Dad test...does he approve, does God approve?

Our cleavage should not be showing, at all. The top should be loose enough so as not to accentuate the shape of our breasts, but not so loose that when you bend over or move around the neck hole flops open and reveals what shouldn't be discovered. The armhole should go up to the armpit. Also, the back should go up to the neckline. Coverage should be complete. Color and pattern should be complimentary to you. Material needs to be of the type that doesn't reveal skin unless you are wearing another shirt or cammie underneath that is also very modest. Ask yourself, "Why am I wearing this? Does it just make me look good? Or does it glorify God?"

Now for what you wear on bottom. I know that the current trend is ripped, frayed jeans. Is it showing off your thighs? Why? Is it so short or so tight that it leaves very little to the imagination? Then why are you wearing it? If it is just for comfort....okay, then wear it at home with your family. But when we go out in public, we need to realize that we are taking God Almighty with us. We are the light of the world and are to let our light shine unto others. What kind of light do you portray? Red light (if you get my drift) or the pure white light of Christ?

You might think that you have the freedom to wear whatever you want and that it isn't your fault if someone looks at you and gets aroused. As a Christian, how can you not seek to glorify God in all that you do, including your clothing?! How can you not seek to show truth and love to others, especially to our fellow Christians?! Let's try to do a better job of wearing clothing that brings glory to the Lord Jesus.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

I want to be a mom more than anything

     When I was a child and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always, "a teacher and a mommy." Those desires never left as I got older, but my desire to be a mommy grew stronger once I got married. I got pregnant two months after our wedding. It was not planned, but was a pleasant surprise. Four months later that precious baby passed away while still in my womb. It broke my heart. A few months later, more determined than ever, I was pregnant again. This time with twins, but they too passed away too early. My desire to have a child become an overwhelming goal.
     I made vows to God, I prayed without ceasing to be able to have a child. (To say I was discontent and obsessed would be a valid statement.) We waited a year before we tried again and when I did get pregnant we determined to not tell anyone until I was past the third month of gestation. I did everything in my power to make sure that this baby would not pass away and would be born alive. I was desperate to have a child. And that next year, I finally had my baby daughter.
     There would be at least two more miscarries and a total hysterectomy by the time I was twenty-seven years old. And then I would find out that my one and only child was "defective". I was an angry woman who became very bitter with the way I felt I had been treated by God. I blamed him for all of the miscarries and physical difficulties, and for my only child's disabilities. (Years later I confessed those wicked sins and God sent great healing to my soul and spirit.)
     However, there is still the fact that I am a "mommy" to an adult child. This was never what I expected when I was a little and wanted to be "a teacher and a mommy" when I grew up. There are times when I get really tired of still being a mom. The vast majority of mothers only get to raise their children for 18 years, but those of us with "special" children get to parent them forever. This fact can be overwhelming at times, especially more so when you have to deal with your own aging, and for me, my chronic pain and growing limitations. I wouldn't change this parenting for anything, but there are times when I wish that I could just tweak it a bit. There are times when I really wish the frustration wasn't so overwhelming. Those times when I once again realize that my adult child is still doing the same things we confronted strongly just a few months ago. It makes me feel like things will never improve with those issues. The frustration gets to be too much and I just have to cry out to God and pray, and go for a long walk. And then, get over it and go on with life, hopefully a bit stronger and wiser than I was before.
     Be careful what you long for. Be careful of your discontent. Be careful of your attitude and actions. You just may get more than you expected, both bad and very good. If I could, I wouldn't go back and change a thing. God has allowed all things to work out for my good and I am very grateful.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Ladies do you praise your family?

     It has been too long since I did any blogging, but this issue has been on my mind for several years and should have been discussed way back then. So, better late than never!

Titus 2:3a & 4, "The aged women likewise,...
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,"

Psalm 37:25, "I have been young, and now am old;..."

     I think I finally am qualified to teach the women to love their husband and to love their children. And so today, I pray that my words will first, glorify the Lord and second, be a blessing and encouragement (and perhaps a conviction and life-changer) to you ladies.

     Here is the question: "Do you praise your family?" That may sound sacrilegious to some, as we are told over and over to praise God, to praise the Lord. I am not asking if your praise is worship and exaltation of your family, but simply put, do you nag and complain to your family more than you thank them and praise them for what they have done and for who they are? (and, no, I am not talking about flattering compliments. There is a difference!)

     Think about your childhood: how did you feel (and possible react) when someone truly praised you for a job well done, for a certain character quality that you demonstrated, for doing something that you didn't have to do, but did it with a great spirit just to be a blessing to someone else? Now, think about this: how did you feel (and most likely react) when someone either ignored you or got down on you? Which would you rather experience? Which would be the most likely to encourage you to do the right thing? (and no, I am not saying that there is never a time for anger and rebuke.)

    I can tell you that in my life, I would much rather hear the praise which I know would encourage me to do even more of the right things. If I would hear the negative words, I would be even more stubborn and try to find new (and usually sneakier) ways to do the wrong thing just to get back at the person who spoke those negative words. And my opinion of the negative person would never improve if I never heard any kind words from them. (Remember that now I am ancient and old, and know much better than to behave that way. No, that does not excuse my past sinful behavior. I have confessed that sin and it is under the blood of Christ.)

     The thing is, as much as we like to receive praise from others, it feels just as good and even better when we give praise to others. So, ask yourself this question and try to be honest: "How many times did you honestly praise and thank your children and or husband yesterday? Now, how many times did you come down on them?" Many, many years ago I remember hearing a message that proclaimed that we should try to praise our family members ten times as much as we nag on them. I thought I could never do that! But as I reflect back, I realize that the concept was that we need to speak words of kindness much more often than we speak negative words, and that we should truly be grateful for each individual in the family God has given to us. (I think that can apply to your physical family as well as to your spiritual family, and even to the family of mankind.) Can you imagine what could happen if we began today to start thanking our children for everything that they do and praise them for their good character qualities? Could you imagine how much stronger our marriage would be if we begin today to truly thank our husband for each thing that they do and praise them for who they are? What would happen within our church? Our community?

     So, how do you truly praise someone? A good place to start would be to sit down and write out the things you appreciate about each member in your family. (And no, I am not talking about their physical attributes. They had nothing to do with that. They look the way they do because God created them that way. Those types of words would be hollow flattering compliments. I am talking about their personality and the things that are good that they have chosen to do.) For instance, I will use my daughter as an example, she is: faithful, reliable, prompt, loyal, kind, compassionate, caring, funny, curious, helpful, and so much more. (I made my list years ago and have been able to keep adding to it. And so will you as you begin to focus on the good in your family.) Then I began to purposefully praise her for these good qualities whenever I saw them being manifested. I also began to thank her every time she did something whether I had asked her to do or she had just done it of her own volition. At first it felt really weird to praise her. That was because I had been doing so much nagging throughout the years, thinking that if I yelled at her enough she would get busy being the person I wanted her to be. But, I was determined (one of my stronger character qualities. Some could even call it stubbornness), to change the way that I talked to my family. As the days went by, it got easier to give praise and thanks, and as an added bonus, we began to love each other more and more.

     Here are some examples of what I am trying to teach you (and I bet you are doing a good job of learning because I know that you desire to strengthen the relationships within your family.):
INSTEAD OF:                                                                      
Why are your clothes laying on the floor?
You are such a clean person, I am glad that you like to wear clean clothes, and I know that you will put these dirty ones in the laundry basket as soon as I leave, because you are also an obedient child.
How many times do I have to tell you to do....
I noticed today that you were showing kindness to your sister. I know that a kind person can also do as they are told. Remember when I told you to....
Why are you still doing..... when I told you to stop?
I know that you are determined to do what I told you and that sometimes it can be hard to obey, but  since you didn't obey, you will be punished. Next time, I know you will be more determined to obey.
(Not even noticing that the person is trying to obey and/or please you.)
(Pay attention to the little details. Stop what you are doing for a minute and go to that person, look them in the eye, and either thank them sincerely for what they are trying to do, and/or praise them.)

     There are always opportunities to thank and praise others, and I believe, that it is important to make those opportunities happen. I hope that you will take the time every day to speak in love and sincerity to your family. I made the time when my daughter was young to praise her every evening when I put her to bed. She's too old to do that now, but I try to take the opportunity at least once a week to praise her for her qualities. And I thank her all throughout the day. She (and my husband) have picked up on this habit and it has strengthened our family. It just feels so good to be appreciated, and in turn it feels even better to love and appreciate those whom God has placed in my life.

     So, dear friend,  I appreciate your love, your faithfulness within our friendship, your kindness. Thank you so much for reading this blog. I hope that it will bless you.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rejoice in the LORD Greatly


Isaiah 61:10, I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

I know that this verse is specifically written to Israel, but when I read it the other day the Lord impressed it upon my mind that I too should be rejoicing greatly. Why should I rejoice?

I should rejoice because God has clothed me with the garments of salvation when I received Jesus Christ as my saviour. He has removed my filthy garments of sin and put upon me His pure blood of salvation. There was nothing that I could do to save my soul. There is also nothing that I still need to do to obtain eternal salvation. Jesus Christ did everything for us so that all we need to do is believe that he is God the Son, the Saviour of the world, and put our full trust in him and receive him alone as our savior. I should rejoice if for no other reason than the fact that I am saved.

I should also rejoice because he has covered me with the robe of righteousness the moment I got saved. There was a time when I thought that I had to do all these good things so that I could be righteous. The Bible says that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags in Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” I should rejoice for the fact that there is nothing more that I need to do to become (or to stay) righteous. I am clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Too often, we think that we have nothing to rejoice about or that we have the right to be grumbling and discouraged. If we have been saved by the blood of Jesus; if we have trusted in Christ alone for our salvation, then we have all that we need, and we should greatly rejoice in the LORD no matter what is or isn’t going on in our life. And if you think that this only applies to Israel, well, take a look at the command God gave to the church in the New Testament writings of Paul the apostle to the Gentiles:

Philippians 3:1, Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 

Philippians 4:4, Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice evermore.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


(January 2018, by Alice E Jensen)

The world only seems to focus on the fact that God is love, because that is the only attribute of God that they seem to accept about God. It is an easy attribute to understand and desire since it is an attribute that makes the world feel good about its self. Yet, that is only one of the many, many attributes of God that are mentioned in His Word, the Holy Bible. Let’s take a look at them. I dare you to read all of them. I double-dog dare you to read all of them with an open and understanding mind. I triple-dog dare you to not only read these openly, but to also accept them as the truth, because God's Word is the Truth!

Num_23:19,  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Deu_4:24,  For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Deu_4:31,  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Deu_6:4,  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Deu_6:15,  (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

Deu_10:17,  For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

Deu_33:27,  The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

Jos_1:9,  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

2Sa_22:33,  God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

2Ch_30:9,  For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

Job_33:12,  Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

Job_36:5,  Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

Job_36:26,  Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

Psa_7:11,  God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

Psa_46:1,  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psa_47:7,  For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

Psa_50:6,  And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.

Psa_59:17,  Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

Psa_62:7,  In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Psa_62:8,  Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psa_68:20,  He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

Psa_74:12,  For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Psa_75:7,  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Psa_84:11,  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psa_94:22,  But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

Psa_99:9,  Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

Psa_116:5,  Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

Pro_30:5,  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Jer_3:23,  Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.

Dan_9:14,  Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.

Mat_22:32,  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Joh_3:33,  He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Joh_4:24,  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Act_10:34,  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

1Co_1:9,  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

1Co_1:25,  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

2Co_1:18,  But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

Heb_12:29,  For our God is a consuming fire.

1Jn_1:5,  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1Jn_3:20,  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

1Jn_4:8,  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Do you want the truth and do you want to receive a blessing from it? Then this is a good way for you to get to know about the attributes of God. Study His Word!

Monday, August 14, 2017


     I was just reading one of my journals and came across this experience that I had on May 18, 2016, and just had to share it with you. It was an awesome experience.
     "This morning while I was driving west on Lider road, I had just came down the hill and was headed through the Black Jack valley when a majestic bald eagle flew out of a fir tree to my right and crossed over Lider right in front of me. It was high enough that I would not have hit it, but it gave me a great view of that huge bird. For a split second, I wondered why it was swooping across the road. I figured it was just moving to a better location or had seen a yummy rodent in the field on my left. But then, I saw a tiny bird fly right behind the eagle. That tiny little bird had chased away the huge eagle. A bird no bigger than three inches long, had the boldness that was larger than the eighteen inch eagle that was apparently threatening the tiny bird's nest.
     The Holy Spirit immediately taught me a lesson: Christians are like that tiny bird and Satan is like the giant eagle. He is big and powerful and deadly, but we can be brave and bold. For even though we are small and weak, we are mighty and fierce when we trust in God and allow Him to use us to do what is right. We don't need to sit or hid or cower in fear because of the appearance of the enemy. We can attack and he will flee just like the eagle fled from the tiny little bird.
     James 4:15 says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Monday, July 24, 2017

By Alice Jensen, 7-23-17

          For those of you who are under forty: How many of you know what is in the above picture? How many of you have ever touched one? How many of you have ever been taught the common courtesy of how and when to use one?

          What ever happened to the most basic of common courtesies? Either we aren’t teaching them or we are choosing to just ignore them. So, this old lady is going to sit you down and give you a lesson that I hope you don’t soon forget.

          Thank you cards are to be used to thank people for the gifts they have given to you. Within your immediate family, so long as you live under the same roof, they do not need to be used. (But it wouldn’t hurt to give one to a parent or sibling every now and then.) However, whenever you receive a gift or unpaid service from anyone, you should sit yourself down and write a short little thank you card or note. I can tell you that it will be greatly appreciated.

          In the last ten years (at least) I have received fewer thank you cards or notes than I can count on one hand from those under the age of forty. And “No!” a thank you note sent by email or on Facebook does not count. Writing a thank you card or note should entail just a little bit of work and a little bit of money and a little bit of time for it to be a true thank you card from your heart. I will admit though, a written thank you even if it is sent through the internet is better than nothing.

          I have given gifts and I have performed free services for others and sometimes I haven’t received even a verbal thank you. I am not trying to guilt anyone nor am I looking for sympathy. I am just trying to get folks to be more thankful and grateful and appreciative, and to physically express it to others. I can tell you from experience that when I don’t receive any type of thanks at all, I tend to withhold my gifts and talents from the ungrateful recipient. I know, I know, that isn’t very Christ-like, but you do notice that Jesus didn’t do very much for those who were so full of themselves they didn’t think they even needed Him…like the Pharisees.

          So, anyhow, it is very easy and very simple to just go to the store, including the secondhand and dollar type stores, and purchase yourself a package of cards. Keep them where you will remember to use them, and then use them every time someone gives you a gift or provides a service to you, especially if it is a free service for which you would have had to pay a whole lot more than it will cost you to just write a simple thank you card.

          “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18